Late November Update

Hello, all is well in the garden, we had a few folks come out today to help do some final winterizing for the season…Nick has been busy packing up the shed and greenhouse, he’s been such an amazing part of our garden since the very beginning!

Also, thanks to Claudia, and Jessica for checking in while home from college on Thanksgiving break…Claudia has volunteered over the years and Jessica is a former employee…they braved the cold and wind and with the help of Jorge were able to accomplish several jobs.  Thanks and come back any time!

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SHS Bridge Academy!

We had a great day with the students from Salem High School’s Bridge Academy!  The students were amazing workers, they had a lot of fun and got a ton of work done…they did so with a positive attitude and music blaring!  They helped to get our garlic in the ground as well as winterized the garden.  Below are some pics from the day…

 

Final Farmer’s Market

Hey everyone, just wanted to let folks know that this Wednesday 10/25/17 will be our final market of the year…we still have veggies going, but need to start winterizing the garden for the year…we will harvest as much as you can take this week…

Inevitably there will still be veggies in the ground after the market…any time we have a volunteer event this fall, we will give away the rest of our veggies at those events…

Seed Saving!

Saving seeds is a great way to avoid spending money and become more self-reliant!  Not to mention, it’s just fun to do and you feel really proud after…one of the easiest seeds to save for your garden is cilantro (coriander).  It’s easy for a few reasons…

  1. Fast To Harvest – Sometimes your veggies go to seed when you don’t intend them to, it can be a long time until the seeds are ready for harvest, so you have a tough choice; to pull or to not pull your plant??  When you don’t have a lot of garden beds, this can be an inefficient use of space…in the case of our friend cilantro; it goes to seed quickly and the seeds are ready for harvest in a few weeks…this is an excellent return on investment!  After you harvest them, your beds are empty real estate…
  2. Lots of Seeds – Some plants don’t have too many seeds, while a single cilantro plant can give you over a hundred coriander seeds, do the math, this just makes sense…a $2.00 pack of organic / heirloom seeds will supply you with cilantro, literally for the rest of your life if you’re smart!
  3. Easy To Do – Harvesting is surprisingly easy, just wait until the seeds are brown and dry, hold a container underneath the plant, then use your thumb and fingers to rub the seeds…they will literally fall into the container, it only takes seconds!
  4. Other Uses – Coriander is a really tasty spice, if you like Indian Food, you’ll definitely recognize the smell…also coriander is used in home brew recipes, and many others too…

Below are some pics of cilantro when it’s gone to seed and after harvest…

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Mercy Tavern!

Thank you to the Mercy Tavern (formerly the Pig) for supporting us!  Every month they choose a local charity or social justice organization to support, for the month of September they have been kind enough to choose Salem GreenSpace…in other words, if you go there to grab a drink and a meal, part of your check will help us to employ our teens and plant healthy veggies that we then give away to our neighbors!

The Mercy is located at 148 Derby Street in Salem, MA

Check out their website for more information…

https://www.mercysalem.com/pub/

 

SSU First Day of Service – 2017

A big thanks to our SSU crew who came out this past week to help us out!  They built a new garden bed as well as stained pretty much every surface inside our garden!  Per usual, SSU was amazing…we love them and are so happy to collaborate with them now and certainly in the future!  Best of luck to these incoming freshmen, welcome to Salem to you all!  Check out a few pics below…